Published: May 9, 2012 at 1:28 PMTalking about announcements, some blogs are saying that Bob Iger announces this morning that an Avengers Attraction will come to Disney Parks. Is that true?
Published: May 9, 2012 at 2:35 PMWell, it is the only Universal theme park I haven't visited. And by then, Hong Kong Disneyland's expansion will be complete, too. I could do a two-fer trip, hit both and post lots and lots and lots of pictures again.
Also, Iger announced yesterday what Disney has said already, that it would eventually bring Marvel characters to the non-WDW Disney theme parks. In this case, he name-checked Avengers, since that's what's earning Disney gobs of money right now and that's what they were talking about during that investors' call.
Published: May 9, 2012 at 3:12 PMJapan has been top of my list of countries to visit for a long time. Here's another thing to add to my itinerary. I just hope they don't suddenly close Back to the Future: The Ride.
Published: May 9, 2012 at 7:25 PMBack to the Future and Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, the two best rides rides in the world* in one park. That is awesome!
*According to me of course, we'll see if Transformers joins their company this summer.
Published: May 9, 2012 at 9:51 PMI feel that it's still possible for Wizarding World to come to Universal Studios Singapore, but unlikely to be any time soon - perhaps years after Hollywood completes construction of their zone. The Singapore park has opened for just over two years. Of course, the park will need to give up some attractions, but I feel it won't be difficult to let some areas go, especially when they become "dead zones" in the afternoon.
Give up Waterworld to build Hogwarts Castle and Forbidden Journey, and convert Far Far Away to Hogsmeade. The junior Vekoma roller-coaster here (Enchanted Airways) is a very close copy of the Flight of the Hippogriff. Shrek's tree-stump house? Possibly Hagrid's Hut. Though it might seem odd to have it far from the castle, so they might want to move it.
Published: May 10, 2012 at 6:35 AMMy wife and I lived in Japan for a year, working as English instructors for a private corporation. We lived in Kobe, which is practically right next to Osaka, and managed to hit up USJ once (when a friend from back home came to visit). It was a lot of fun, though very, very small, with the Wizard of Oz land being particularly striking. Back to the Future, unfortunately, was very much undermined by the Japanese predilection for talking over everything, so take the experience -- if you ever go -- for what it's worth.
Harry Potter there would be excellent.
(Sidenote: in my entire time living there, even in a quaint little neighborhood that literally had no other gaijin living there, I never felt as much of a foreigner as I did that day we were in Universal. =( )
Published: May 10, 2012 at 6:49 AMUniversal is getting in to deep with Harry potter! Especially with it being a franchise that has ended and will have nothing to offer in the future. they're putting ALL their eggs in one basket. This will back fire on Universal. Now it should be clear to everyone why Universal is the #2 to Disney and has solidified their place as the worlds second best!!!!!!!
Published: May 10, 2012 at 10:42 AMUniversal is still #2 even with HP. I'm sure if any of us looked at attendance numbers, I'm sure Universal experienced a huge influx of both new and old visitors, but I doubt it's enough to top Disney World's numbers even if you compared only the MK+Epcot versus USF+IA.
That being said, I'm glad at least one of the parks on the other side of the world will be able to experience Harry Potter. Not everyone can travel across the world, let alone across the US.